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A Multi-Award Winning Triumph: Reviving Ireland's History Digitally



During the Irish Civil War in 1922, a fire consumed seven centuries of Ireland’s recorded history in Dublin’s Four Courts building. 100 years later, the Virtual Records Treasury team within Trinity College completed a groundbreaking and painstaking digital restoration of those documents.


Ebow brought 50,000 pages of searchable, handwritten documents to life, creating a website that allows users to encounter the past in an entirely new way. In global terms, this platform gives the public access to the largest single release of transcribed documents in history:

  • 50 million+ words of searchable text spanning 7 centuries
  • 2.7 million+ knowledge graph triples
  • 150,000+ database records
  • 6,000+ maps

The design and development challenge was how to present the information and data to the public in a manner that was easy to search, easy to understand, access and engage with.

Services Provided

Stakeholder engagement
Data and analytics
User experience (UX) design
User Interface (UI) design
Development & Collaboration
Video and animation

PR Coverage
The New York Times
PR Coverage
The Guardian
PR Coverage
The Boston Globe
Database records
Knowledge graph triples

Ebow are the best digital designers I have ever worked with. They bridge client and developer needs seamlessly, grasp complex concepts, and deliver exceptional results.

Theo Little, Project Manager, VRTI

Winner: Digital for Good Award, Eir Spiders, 2023

Winner: Best in Government & Not for Profit, Digital Media Awards, 2023

Nominated: Best Collaborative Campaign, Best Strategy, Best in Technological Innovation, Best Website, Digital Media Awards, 2023

Shortlisted: Best Application of AI to achieve Social Good, AI Awards, 2022

Accepted: 100 Archive

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